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Why do I need a staffing agency if I already have an HR department?

Posted by David Ballinger on Apr 24, 2018 8:02:00 AM

You may understand the value of a staffing agency for a business that doesn’t have a human resources department of its own. But what if your company already has a fully capable HR team? What does a staffing agency have to offer?

The answer is, quite a bit! A human resources department typically keeps many plates spinning all at once—everything from setting company policies to managing benefits to handling employee complaints. A quality staffing agency can partner with your HR department to take over some of the most time-consuming tasks (chiefly recruiting, retention, and firing), thus freeing up your team to work more efficiently.

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Tags: Human Resources, Staffing Agency

I’m sick of job hunting! What to do when you feel stuck

Posted by David Ballinger on Apr 17, 2018 4:26:22 PM

Whether you’re currently out of work, or you’re stuck in a job that’s not right for you and are looking for something better, you’ve probably discovered that the job hunting process can feel extremely long and tedious.

Job hunt setback may not be caused by a lack of effort on your part. Maybe you search online job postings every day, attend every job fair within 50 miles, and practically live on LinkedIn. So what do you do when you’re running on all job searching cylinders and still seem to be going nowhere?

Here are a few tips for making the most of those times when you feel stuck in the job hunt:

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Tags: Job Search

HR: How to deal with employee complaints

Posted by David Ballinger on Apr 10, 2018 8:12:00 AM

As an HR professional, you have a lot on your plate. So it’s tempting to feel annoyed when you get a tap on your door with the question, “Hey, can I talk to you about something that’s bothering me?”

Dealing with an unhappy employee is not an interruption to your job (though it may feel like it). When handled correctly, an employee complaint can present a strategic opportunity to strengthen trust and good faith in the company, and it can be key to keep great employees.

Here are a few pointers to handling an unhappy employee’s complaints in a constructive and helpful manner.

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Tags: Human Resources

Millennials in the Workplace—What’s True vs. What’s Hype

Posted by David Ballinger on Mar 27, 2018 10:27:00 AM

Read any magazine or e-publication about Millennials in the workforce, and you could walk away with a pretty grim picture: today’s generation of 18- to 34-year-olds is more self-obsessed, entitled, coddled, and lazy than any generation this world has yet seen, and hiring them will only bring you trouble.

It’s helpful to take a step back and remember that older adults have been accusing the next generation of being narcissistic and lazy since the First Century, as this insightful BBC article demonstrates. Culture beat writers have labeled most up-and-coming population cohorts (including Baby Boomers) the “Me Generation” over the decades, as demonstrated by this article in the Atlantic, because young people in any generation tend to be more self-absorbed than their older counterparts.

On the other hand, there are a few differences in the way that most (not all!) Millennials tend to see the workplace.

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Tags: Human Resources

How to measure employee performance in a meaningful way

Posted by David Ballinger on Mar 20, 2018 11:12:00 AM

As an HR professional, it’s expected that you should know how well the employees at your company are doing their jobs. But in reality, it can be hard to gauge this kind of information in an objective way—especially if you’ve got hundreds of employees at your company.

You’ll need a fair and organized system to evaluate employee performance and to keep your workers appraised of where they stand. When done well, a good performance measurement protocol can help your company reduce turnover rates and help you keep great employees on your team.

Here are a few tips for developing a fair and useful system:

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Tags: Human Resources

What does a resume for a skilled trade position need?

Posted by David Ballinger on Mar 13, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Whether you’re new to the skilled trades world or simply looking for your next seasonal position, you’ll need to have a well-written resume working in your favor. A quality resume will convince a prospective employer to give you a second look in the form of an interview, so it’s important to make the right kind of impression!

A resume for a skilled trades position needs much of the same basic information that all resumes require, such as contact information and relevant experience. But there are a few specific things you’ll want to consider as well.

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Tags: Job Search

Help, my HR team is overwhelmed!

Posted by David Ballinger on Mar 6, 2018 7:07:00 AM

Whether you’re part of a multi-person human resources team that just can’t keep up with your company’s hiring demands, or you’re the lone HR guy (or gal) who also wears a number of other hats at a small company, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed with all of your department’s responsibilities. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone.

Below we’ve listed some of the common problems that HR teams can face, and the resources and solutions available to help you restore your sanity.

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Tags: Human Resources

How to keep great employees

Posted by David Ballinger on Feb 27, 2018 7:43:00 AM

Have you just hired an employee you’re really excited about? Congratulations! It’s no small feat to find someone who has the right qualifications, is a great fit for your culture, and who will add not only productivity to your daily operations, but contribute intangibles such as industry expertise, positive energy, and fresh ideas.

But now that you have him or her onboard, there’s a catch. Other companies would probably be eager to recruit this employee as well, regardless of him or her now being on your staff.

So how do you keep your star employees satisfied with your company and uninterested in accepting positions elsewhere?  Here are a few pointers for keeping employee satisfaction high:

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Tags: Human Resources

When you feel like a cog in a staffing agency’s machine

Posted by David Ballinger on Feb 20, 2018 8:53:00 AM

Let’s face it—looking for a new job can take a lot of mental and emotional energy. Maybe you’re unhappy where you currently work and have finally made the difficult decision to branch out into the unknown. Maybe you’ve been unemployed for a while and are struggling to find the right job for you, or perhaps you’re in a field where your work is seasonal or temporary and you have to go through the process of searching for a new job every few months or so.

Any way you slice it, you’re heavily invested in finding the right job.

That’s what makes it so disappointing when you turn to a staffing agency for help and you feel like they’re not that interested in actually helping you.  You get the distinct impression that they just see you as a cog in their machine, or a means to their own ends.

Here are some sure signs that a staffing agency is more interested in keeping things easy for themselves than actually helping your career.

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Tags: Staffing Agency, Job Search

Basic elements every resume must include

Posted by David Ballinger on Feb 13, 2018 9:36:00 AM

If you’re looking for a new job, chances are you’ll have brush up your resume—or create one from scratch. While there are many industry-specific nuances for a resume in a given field, there are also several universals.

Here are the basics that virtually every resume must include:

Contact information

This one should be obvious, but it can be forgotten in the shuffle. Be sure to list your contact information at the top of your sheet, including your name, phone number, address, and email address.

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Tags: Job Search

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